Curricular Elements Commonly  Captured in Unit Planners        Dr. Suad Alazzam      suad [at] portlandstate.org          ...
• When schools embark on the effort of  documenting their curriculum in terms  of unitized curriculum maps, one of the  fi...
There are eight elements that schoolscommonly include in their unitplanners. These are:1. Curriculum Standards2. Big Ideas...
A possible lay-out of a unit planner thatincludes the common eight curricularelements:
Let’s now briefly define each of theseeight curricular elements.
1. Curriculum StandardsStandards refer to the intendedlearning outcomes in terms of what thestudents need to know and be a...
2. Big IdeasBig ideas refer to the concepts,abstracts, and generalizations thatfunction like umbrellas connecting thebits ...
3. Essential QuestionsEssential questions are the Big Ideas(concepts, abstracts, andgeneralizations) formulated asquestion...
4. ContentContent is the declarative knowledge. Itis what we want students to know interms of information and facts relate...
5. SkillsSkills refer to the proceduralknowledge. It is what we want thestudents to be able to do as anoutcome of learning...
6. AssessmentsAssessment is measuring studentlearning of intended content and skills.Assessment could be formative(assessm...
7. Learning ActivitiesLearning activities refer to theopportunities offered for students inthe classroom to learn the inte...
8. Teaching ResourcesTeaching resources are the aidsemployed by the teacher to carry outthe learning activities within the...
Remember that the presented generic  unit planner can by adapted to fit the  unique requirements of your school or  curric...
Thank You!   Dr. Suad Alazzam suad [at] portlandstate.org     © 2011 All Rights Reserved
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When schools embark on the effort of documenting their curriculum in terms of unitized curriculum maps, one of the first tools they should think through is the unit planner and the curricular elements it should include.

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  1. 1. Curricular Elements Commonly Captured in Unit Planners Dr. Suad Alazzam suad [at] portlandstate.org © 2011 All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. • When schools embark on the effort of documenting their curriculum in terms of unitized curriculum maps, one of the first tools they should think through is the unit planner and the curricular elements it should include.
  3. 3. There are eight elements that schoolscommonly include in their unitplanners. These are:1. Curriculum Standards2. Big Ideas3. Essential Questions4. Content5. Skills6. Assessments7. Learning Activities8. Teaching Resources
  4. 4. A possible lay-out of a unit planner thatincludes the common eight curricularelements:
  5. 5. Let’s now briefly define each of theseeight curricular elements.
  6. 6. 1. Curriculum StandardsStandards refer to the intendedlearning outcomes in terms of what thestudents need to know and be able todo at each grade/ stage level in eachsubject area.
  7. 7. 2. Big IdeasBig ideas refer to the concepts,abstracts, and generalizations thatfunction like umbrellas connecting thebits and pieces of informationintroduced and covered in differentsubjects. Big ideas transcenddisciplinary boundaries and encouragelearners to reach deep understandings.
  8. 8. 3. Essential QuestionsEssential questions are the Big Ideas(concepts, abstracts, andgeneralizations) formulated asquestions that encourage students toresearch, inquire, and think critically.They provide frameworks forinterdisciplinary connections as well.
  9. 9. 4. ContentContent is the declarative knowledge. Itis what we want students to know interms of information and facts relatedto the topic of the taught unit.
  10. 10. 5. SkillsSkills refer to the proceduralknowledge. It is what we want thestudents to be able to do as anoutcome of learning the unit understudy.
  11. 11. 6. AssessmentsAssessment is measuring studentlearning of intended content and skills.Assessment could be formative(assessment for learning) or summative(assessment of learning). Assessmentmethods should be diversified and notlimited to the traditional testing ofmemorized information.
  12. 12. 7. Learning ActivitiesLearning activities refer to theopportunities offered for students inthe classroom to learn the intendedcontent and acquire the intended skills.It should be differentiated based on theindividual differences of the learnerssuch as ability levels, interest, learningstyle, etc.
  13. 13. 8. Teaching ResourcesTeaching resources are the aidsemployed by the teacher to carry outthe learning activities within the unit tohelp the students learn the intendedcontent and skills. This includes digitaland hard-copy materials among others.
  14. 14. Remember that the presented generic unit planner can by adapted to fit the unique requirements of your school or curriculum programs.Do not hesitate to send along any questions.
  15. 15. Thank You! Dr. Suad Alazzam suad [at] portlandstate.org © 2011 All Rights Reserved

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